Robin Lim, Michael Klein, and more at #MANA16
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Issue #35, July 13, 2016

2016 MANA Conference Registration Open!

Be a part of #MANA16! Gather with midwives from around the nation in Atlanta, Georgia to:

  • Meet and learn from our champions from around the world: Robin Lim, Michael Klein, Brad Boostaylor, Barbara Katz Rothman and more
  • Tracks on Clinical Issues, Legal Issues, Social Justice, Research, and Skills; as well as a Bridge Certificate Track
  • Full- and half-day preconference sessions
  • Continuing education credits from ACNM and MEAC - New this year, CEU packets are included with registration for MANA members

Click here to learn more and register today.

Meet and learn from Dr. Michael Klein at #MANA16!

Klein recently awarded Canada's highest honor

Meet and learn from Dr. Michael Klein, a world-renowned family practitioner and pediatrician as well as a professor and researcher. He is pivotal in placing maternity care back at the heart of family medicine. Dr. Klein is known for his landmark randomized control trial of episiotomy, which is credited with leading to a dramatic drop in episiotomy and other routine intrusive interventions. He is committed to family-friendly birth practices and is an advocate of midwives. He teaches clinical and research skills to midwives and promotes doulas in the birth room. Michael Klein recently received one of Canada's highest awards, appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his pioneering work integrating family medicine and maternity care.

We at MANA congratulate him on this esteemed honor and are so excited that he will be at MANA in October. Don't miss his two sessions at the conference:
  • Breakout: Routine Episiotomy to Cesarean Section on Demand — How Did It Happen?
  • Plenary 7: Why is Home Birth Safe in Canada, While American Midwives Struggle to Show That They too are Practicing Safely?
Click here to learn more about Dr. Klein's two sessions and register today.

Research project seeking participants

MANA has been asked to share with you a new research study for those whose stories have not been heard and needs the participation of your clients.

The study is seeking people who identify with a community of color and have been pregnant/experienced pregnancy in the past five years in the US.

This is the first national study that includes questions that were created BY people of color FOR people of color. This study allows participants a safe and anonymous way to report their best and worst care, including experiences of discrimination, respect, racism, or inequity in care. Participants can also describe how much access they had to choices for pregnancy and birth care.

Community partners for the project include: 

  • Choices in Childbirth, New York
  • International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)
  • Phoenix Midwife, Arizona
  • The Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Mama Sana / Vibrant Woman, Texas
  • Easy Access Women's Health Clinic, Florida
  • Mountain Midwifery Center Inc., Colorado

To help spread the word to your community, please click here to find a post to share on social media

Thank you for giving voice to women and families of color.

MANA honors the work of Shafia Monroe

The Midwives Alliance of North America would like to express its gratitude to Shafia Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH, for her many years of service to the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC). ICTC recently announced her retirement from ICTC, the organization she founded.

Ms. Monroe has a long legacy of accomplishments during her tenure at ICTC, including:
  • Forming the first international organization dedicated to increasing the number of midwives, doulas and healers of color to empower families and reduce infant and maternal mortality.
  • Creating the ICTC Full Circle Doula Training program – which has graduated over 1,600 women and men – and continues to serve as the national model for reducing infant mortality and increasing the number of midwives of color.
  • Creating and spearheading the first legislative initiative, concept HB 3311, to investigate the use of doulas to improve birth outcomes in vulnerable populations. Oregon has become the national model for Medicaid reimbursement for doulas and ICTC became the first Oregon Health Authority approved doula credentialing organization.
  • Guiding ICTC to membership in the United States National Midwifery Coalition, the US Midwifery Education and Regulation Association (US MERA).
  • Creating the biennial International Black Midwives and Healers Conference, a renowned professional midwifery conference and convention.
  • Engaging as a steering committee member of the Home Birth Summit.
  • Leading ICTC as steering committee members of the Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign.
  • Completing and disseminating research to better understand the birth and breastfeeding experiences of Black women, children and their families, resulting in policy changes as well as assisting providers’ efforts to improve the provision of healthcare services.
"ICTC honors Shafia's legacy in Oregon and nationwide," said Noelene Jeffers, ICTC Board Chair. "She was and is a force in national maternal health and we are grateful for her vision and impact. The ICTC board is excited about growing the ICTC and continuing its important mission. ICTC doula trainings and our participation in national maternal coalitions will continue. We aim to support and produce projects that have the greatest impact on lowering infant mortality rates for Black babies and other babies of color, and ensuring equitable and respectful healthcare for all women and children."

"It has been deeply inspiring to witness Shafia's powerful leadership," said Marinah Valenzuela Farrell, LM, CPM, MANA President. "Her strength is always mixed with a gentle and spiritual resilience. She has been influential and present from the beginning of this modern movement, and is a life-changing mentor to birth workers of color. It is with deep gratitude that I know Shafia Monroe, and MANA looks forward to working with the new leadership of ICTC as they continue her very hard work."

Discount for MANA Members on Hesperian’s women's health and midwifery titles

Hesperian Health Guides are the non-profit authors of the widely-disseminated volume, A Book for Midwives. Their first volume, Donde No Hay Doctor (Where There is No Doctor), emerged from the efforts of a group of volunteers working with villagers in Mexico to create a simple, accurate medical manual which would address community health needs in culturally appropriate ways. Hesperian Health Guides are developed for communities with limited access to health care and have been translated into over 80 languages, creating impact around the globe.

Hesperian is releasing three new valuable resources for midwives and midwifery trainers. The French edition of A Book for Midwives now joins the editions available in English, Spanish, Nepali and Urdu. This illustrated guides serves as a training manual for students and a reference for experienced midwives, and provides the information needed to reduce dangers in childbirth. The Childbirth Picture Book, a 64-page resource providing a simple and complete guide to the basics of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, has been re-released by Hesperian in English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Midwives and community health workers will find this an ideal teaching tool for both women and men, in the US and around the world. The free online resource Working Together to Stop Obstetric Fistula includes information on how to prevent fistula, how to promote healing, and strategies for creating social change that address the devastating social, economic and health problems caused by it. Save 20% on all Hesperian’s women's health and midwifery titles by using coupon code 'Midwife20' at checkout.

News From the Division of Research

New Paper Accepted for Publication: Cesarean Birth Regret and Dissatisfaction: A Qualitative Approach

Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM, Chair of the Midwives Alliance Division of Research, has recently had an article accepted for publication in the journal Birth. The article, Cesarean Birth Regret and Dissatisfaction: A Qualitative Approach, identifies four factors that impact patient dissatisfaction with cesarean births in medically complicated pregnancies and provides potential strategies care providers can use to decrease maternal trauma when cesarean section is unavoidable.

Lead author is Paul Burcher, MD, PhD. Other co-authors include: Kalie N. Li, DO, Shazeen Hushmendy, DO, and Kevin C. Kiley, MD.

Watch here for more details on the outcomes and the publication date.


Save the dates:

Jul 31: Scholarship Application Deadline

Aug 15: Early Bird Registration Deadline

Sep 23:  #MANA16 Exhibitor application deadline

Oct 13-16:  #MANA16, Atlanta, GA
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